2K and Firaxis Games have announced Sid Meier’s Starships, an upcoming turn-based strategy game set in the Civilization: Beyond Earth universe. The game will be released on iPad later this year (as well as PC and Mac), and it will allow players to command a fleet of starships as they complete quests and protect planets throughout the galaxy.
In Sid Meier’s Starships, players will build a planetary federation, expanding its influence while researching new technologies and engaging in turn-based space combat using customizable starships. In each new campaign, players will complete “dynamically generated tactical combat missions” for increased replay value.
In addition, owners of Civilization: Beyond Earth can expect an eventual connection to Starships, with 2K saying that this connection will “enhance and expand the depth of both game experiences.”
When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of Civilization: Beyond Earth. What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars? What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth? My goal was to create an experience that focuses on starship design and combat within a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration.
Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad, PC and Mac in spring 2015. Check back soon for more.